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Kusko Liquor license transfer protest fails

by Delta Discovery Staff The Bethel City Council voted against a resolution that protests the transfer of the Kusko Liquor license, owned by Cezary Maczynski, to ACC Liquor, owned by the North West Company International. […]

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Bethel’s 2nd Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament

Bethel’s 2nd Annual B.V.E.S.A Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20th @10am. This is an 8 on 8 co-ed fundraiser tournament with all proceeds going to the Bethel Volunteer Emergency Services Association […]

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Plane crash lands in Bethel, all survive **UPDATED PRESS RELEASE**

On Monday, July 8, 2019 at approximately 3:20 p.m., the Bethel Fire Department responded with one ambulance, one fire engine, and one ladder truck to the report of an aircraft crash located at the Bethel […]

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Plane crash lands in Bethel, all survive

Unofficial reports say that a Caravan Cessna 208 plane crash landed in Bethel on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at approximately 3:05pm. Eyewitnesses say that the plane was coming in fast. According to verbal reports, the […]

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City awards Community Action Grants to local organizations

The City of Bethel’s Community Action Grant (CAG) Technical Review Board met on June 12th, 2019 to decide which organizations would be receiving the next round of CAG awards. The CAG board chose the Bethel […]

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Proposed ordinance to amend alcohol laws passes introduction

by Delta Discovery Staff An ordinance that would amend the current Bethel Municipal Code’s alcohol laws passed introduction during the Bethel City Council’s June 25th regular meeting. The proposed amendments would implement more strict laws […]

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Council peruses proposed Kusko Liquor license transfer to AC Co.

by Delta Discovery Staff During last Tuesday’s regular city council meeting in Bethel, Council reviewed the Administrative Report and Liquor License Transfer from Kusko Liquor, owned by Cezary Maczynski, to ACC Liquor Store, owned by […]

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Bethel Police Chief appointed to APSC

Bethel Chief of Police Burke Waldron was appointed to the Alaska Police Standards Council at the beginning of this year. The Alaska Police Standards Council is a regulatory and quasi-judicial body that was created by […]

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Law Enforcement Officers graduate from Public Safety Training Academy

39 new law enforcement officers, including 4 Village Public Safety Officers, and 16 Alaska State Trooper recruits, graduated from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, June 13, 2019. The graduation ceremony at the Sheet’ka […]

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Monitoring a mystery bird in Yakutat

by Ned Rozell On sandy barrier islands between mountains and the sea, two different birds that look alike lay their eggs side-by-side. Biologists here are learning more about the less-common, more mysterious one. Arctic terns […]

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Bethel community member honored with First Lady Volunteer Award

First Lady Rose Dunleavy announced and recognized six recipients of the First Lady Volunteer of the Year Awards at a ceremony in the Governor’s Residence, May 24th, 2019. The awards recognize volunteers who engage in […]

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Bethel City Council’s action memo request for post termination meeting with attorney fails

The action memorandum that would direct the Bethel City Clerk’s office or the City Attorney to reach out to a third party attorney – Michael Gatti, to request to meet with the council at the […]

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Alaska Buds license protest opportunity passes

Six people testified in opposition of the Alaska Buds marijuana store license for Bethel during the May 28th, 2019 city council meeting’s People To Be Heard. However, the opportunity for the City of Bethel to […]

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Community Service Patrol calls for service

by Delta Discovery Staff Non-residents outnumber residents in two of the three reporting quarters for the Community Service Patrol (CSP) calls for service in Bethel, according to a report from the City of Bethel that […]

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The wonders of military service JROTC cadets visit Alaska Air National Guard wing

by David Bedard Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska — For almost 200 Junior ROTC cadets representing high schools across Southcentral and Western Alaska, 176th Wing C-17 Globemaster III and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft served as […]

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Community advisory vote will decide if council gets compensation

An ordinance was passed by the Bethel City Council that would provide for compensation and benefits for city council members, pending an advisory vote at the next city election. The ordinance was sponsored by council […]

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BRHS Wood Shop dedication

The Bethel Regional High School has dedicated their student woodshop to Kevin Murphy in recognition and sincere appreciation of the many years of distinguished service from 1960 to 1990. Murphy was honored in a ceremony […]

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BCSF presents new grant opportunity for Health-Related projects

by BCSF Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation’s YK & Northwest Arctic Health Fund will begin making grants in 2019 to support health-related projects in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Northwest Arctic regions of Alaska. This endowed […]

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2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

The Bethel 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Veterans Cemetery at the resting place of George Hohman Jr. Family, friends, and community members gathered together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10041 […]

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Basile is new K300 Race Manager

Paul Basile of Bethel has been named the first ever full-time Race Manager for the Kuskokwim 300. Basile will replace Madi Reichard, who stepped down from her part-time position effective July 1st. Basile will manage […]

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Grant will support pet care, vet student training in Southwest Alaska

by Jeff Richardson A new grant will allow students from Colorado State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to assist with veterinary care in remote Southwest Alaska communities. The $450,000 award, provided by PetSmart […]

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Bethel Fire Department Calls for week ending May 17

• On 5-11-19 at 2:48 p.m., Medics responded to Willow Street for the report of a person having a headache. The patient was assessed and transported to the hospital. • On 5-11-19 at 3:55 p.m., […]

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BRHS bids farewell to graduating class of 2019

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Regional High School staff and students, parents, and community members, celebrated the graduation of 48 seniors at their commencement ceremony last Friday. Gown and cap clad seniors with gold and […]

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Active case of tuberculosis found in Bethel

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has released a letter stating that a person who attended the New Fire Ministry revival at the Old Bowling Alley in Bethel was recently diagnosed with active […]

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YK Delta Women in Philanthropy Local Funding Grant for 2019

by BCSF Staff YK Delta Women in Philanthropy is thrilled to announce that our members have voted to commit $8,810 in 2019 local funding to supporting the Teens Lead Ahead youth leadership camp, a project […]

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Yuut Elitnaurviat offers programs for student success

by K.J. Lincoln Desiree Teeluk took a little time on Friday afternoon to talk about a house that she is helping to build at Yuut Elitnaurviat through their construction academy. The house has space for […]

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Change to Bethel Address Sign requirements

On September 11, 2018, the Bethel City Council adopted Ordinance #18-21. This ordinance specifies new requirements for address signs. This ordinance becomes effective December 11, 2018. This ordinance aims to improve the visibility of address […]

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Orutsararmiut Native Council Fisheries Project 2019 Updates

Chinook Salmon Age-Sex-Length Sampling Program Community of Bethel! Please help us to better understand the size and age trends of returning Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon. You can earn $5 for every Chinook salmon you sample! […]

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KuC 45th Commencement

by Katie Rearden The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) Kuskokwim Campus (KuC) held it’s forty-fifth commencement ceremony at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on Thursday, May […]

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic has it’s winners

The 2019 Kuskokwim Ice Classic winner is Nuka Leslie Westdahl of St. Mary’s. Her winning time guess was 4:01pm on April 12th, 2019. The tripod clock tripped and stopped at 4:02pm, making Westdahl the winner. […]

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Best in the West competition 2019 Awards

The Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center (YPCC) has announced the winners of the 2019 Best in the West Small Business Competition. There are six winners with a total combined monetary prize of $33,500. The awardees are […]

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University and communities will monitor Alaska’s inland ice

by Heather McFarland A new lake and river ice-monitoring project led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks gets kids involved in science while promoting ice safety and a better understanding of changing winter conditions. Fresh […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Dunleavy Administration declines Kuskokwim Tribes government-to-government Donlin Gold Project Consultation

by ONC Staff Bethel, Alaska – On January 30, 2019, Orutsararmiut Native Corporation sent a letter to the Dunleavy administration requesting government-to-government consultation regarding the Donlin Gold Project (Project). On March 27 and April 5, […]

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We need a health aide in our village

I’m a citizen and a council member of my village, Kalskag for many years. I’ve never seen any bad situations that really affects our town till I heard this couple times we asked… Our health […]

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KuC Students of the Year

by Cynthia Andrecheck University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus is pleased to announce its Student of the Year Awards. Full-time Student of the Year Award was presented to Ethan Tutmalria Andrew from Tuntutuliak, AK. Ethan […]

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Happy Easter Egg Hunting

Children of Bethel get ready to pick eggs at the Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday at the Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat playground. Plastic eggs were filled with slips for prizes including 4 bicycles, gift […]

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City of Bethel Proclamation March 13th established as Pete Kaiser Day

The Bethel City Council voted to establish March 13th as Pete Kaiser Day. A proclamation was issued during their April 9th, 2019 regular council meeting. The Kaiser family were present at the meeting at council […]

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Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame selects a new class Bethel’s Hoffman and Pete to be inducted

The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame has selected 10 women to be honored at the 2019 induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 including Beverly Hoffman and Mary Pete (posthumously) of Bethel. Women from across […]

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Remains found

Alaska State Troopers responded to a remote area of Big Lake after receiving a report that human remains had been located on 4/3/19, at approximately 2000 hours. Due to exposure to the elements, positive identification […]

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BRHS Students win awards at the Alaska State Science & Engineering Fair

Bethel Regional High School students Nicholai Chase and Calvin Samson went to the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair and they brought home the team trophy for the high school division. The 64th Alaska Science […]

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Wilderness Retreats for Vets 2018 Annual Report

by Dolly Faulkner Wilderness Retreats for Vets (WRFV) is an Alaska non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. Our goal is to help enhance the lives of veterans in our region. In 2018 we provided transportation for 12 veterans […]

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Our Leaders, past and present

by Peter Twitchell Today, I want to focus on a couple of our Native Leaders past and present. First from the homeland – Bethel and Yup’ik Country. Nora Guinn was a great leader and District […]

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Scholarship opportunities from Bethel Community Services Foundation

by BCSF Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation (BCSF) is pleased to announce the open application period for two new scholarship opportunities available to current and incoming college students. The deadline for both scholarships is June […]

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You Snooze—We Lose– Residents Must Rally Again!

by Vicki Turner Malone If YK residents nod off during the Alaska Senate budget hearings, the YK Delta funding may suffer a crushing blow. The Alaska Senate will be taking up the budget within the […]

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Kuskokwim Tribes object to Kuskokwim Area Plan Changes

by ONC Staff This morning (March 29th, 2019) Orutsararmiut Native Council, in coordination with other Yukon Kuskokwim tribal organizations, submitted another set of letters to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for continuing to […]

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Day 74 of 90 Day Session

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, Day 74 of the 90-day session…47 days left to the constitutional 121 days of session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee heard overviews from Alaska’s WWAMI program. WWAMI is […]

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Hot Regionwide Opposition to Dunleavy Budget

by Vicki Turner Malone Over a hundred people gathered at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on Saturday, March 21, during a town hall meeting – part of an effort by the State House […]

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Bethel ASB hosts community forum on bullying

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Advisory School Board hosted a community forum on bullying and how it is being addressed. Members of the Bethel ASB, teachers and school support staff, students, and parents filled up […]

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Bill filed to strengthen Alaska’s theft laws

Today (March 15th, 2019), House Judiciary Chair Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) filed legislation to strengthen Alaska’s laws related to theft and other offenses against property. Under House Bill 98, prosecutors would gain an important tool […]

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Pete Kaiser – 2019 Iditarod Champion

by John Wallace Photos by John Wallace Nome, AK- A resurgence of dogsled mushing got a serious boost early Wednesday morning as Bethel musher Pete Kaiser crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome to win […]

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Friends of The Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation is excited to announce the addition of the Friends of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund to our growing family of funds. The Friends of the […]

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It takes a whole village to raise a child

A Nation that is divided against each other will not stand. In light of this phrase, I would like to be a voice not only for our children, but to our elders, our mothers and […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky  March 8, 2019 Dear friends, It is day 53 of the 2019 Legislative Session, Iditarod mushers are howling along the trail to Nome, and we’re on the second straight week of […]

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Kipnuk Falcons and Newtok Jaegers champions at Coastal Conference tournament

by K.J. Lincoln The Kipnuk Falcon boys and the Newtok Lady Jaegers will be returning to represent the Coastal Conference at the upcoming State 1A Basketball Tournament. Winning two years in a row, the Falcons, […]

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YK Delta Women in Philanthropy announces funding availability

by BCSF Staff The YK Delta Women in Philanthropy giving circle announces $8,810 in funds available for our 2019 local or regional grant. The focus area for proposals in 2018 is youth services. Members encourage […]

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Governor’s Proposed FY20 Budget

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky March 1, 2019: Dear friends, It is Day 42 in the Legislative Session and we have begun to see a lot of activity. Most notably, Governor Dunleavy released his proposed budget, […]

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Hooper Bay wins Alaska Youth Voter Turnout Challenge

by First Alaskans Staff First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Alaska Native non-profit organization, is proud to announce the winners of our Alaska Youth Voter Turnout Challenge. This challenge created a civic engagement opportunity for […]

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Senate District S Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, Here we are at the end of week six. The Senate Finance Committee continues to review Governor Dunleavy’s amended FY20 Operating Budget. The committee heard a general overview from […]

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Letter of Agreement between BPD and AST Drug Enforcement Unit on council’s agenda

A letter of agreement between the City of Bethel Police Department and the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit to formalize the working agreement between the Bethel PD and the […]

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ASAA names Hanson to Alaska High School Hall of Fame

The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) announces the Class of 2019 of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Named to the Class of 2019 is Bethel’s Randy Hanson. Randy Hanson is a 2010 graduate […]

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Bethel’s SAR canine wins Best in Show

by K.J. Lincoln D.O.G., a St. Bernard, is this year’s Best in Show winner at the 2019 Bethel Dog Show. D.O.G. works as a search and rescue dog and is owned and trained by Jim […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello, The Legislature is in week four of this session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee continues overviews of various programs, including State Debt and Credit Ratings from the Department of […]

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Kuskokwim Tribes Fight Donlin Mine Permits

Today (Feb. 7th, 2019) a consortium of tribal governments from the Kuskokwim region led by Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) has filed an appeal of two permits recently issued by the State of Alaska to Donlin […]

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Bethel Council approves purchase agreement for 6 new water trucks

The City of Bethel Council voted to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a purchase agreement to buy six new water trucks. Back on December 11th, 2018, the city council voted to approve […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky Dear friends, We are in the third week of the 2019 Legislative Session. This week the Governor released his Supplemental Budget. Of significant concern to our rural district are Governor Dunleavy’s […]

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Which is Worse? Alcohol or Marijuana?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Questions: I have hearing a lot about marijuana with the possibility of a shop opening in Bethel. I keep hearing that marijuana is a lot better for a person than alcohol. […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky Proudly serving: Akiachak, Akiak, Aniak, Atmautluak, Bethel, Chefornak, Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kasigluk, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Kwethluk, Lower Kalskag, Marshall, Mekoryuk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunapitchuk, Oscarville, Platinum, Quinhagak, […]

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YK Delta Lifesavers receive a Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

by BCSF Staff While Bethel residents were enjoying their holiday treats from the Christmas Cookie Extravaganza fundraiser hosted last month by the YK Delta Lifesavers, the CEO of the largest health-focused foundation in the nation […]

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Failor of Willow wins first K300 title

by Tommy Wells Matthew Failor did what every musher dreams to accomplish. He won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race and set a new record. It was a close race. Failor, backed by the speed […]

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic announces deadline for application process

by BCSF Staff The Kuskokwim Ice Classic is involving local groups across the YK Delta region in selling Ice Classic tickets again this year. The application period is open now for groups to apply. The […]

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Rise

The conditions look favorable for tonight’s Super Blood Wolf Moon. The moon rises above Tundra Ridge like a wavering cloud at  5:08pm as the ravens fly back to their roosting places for the night.

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Matthew Failor Wins K-300

Matthew Failor is the K-300’s newest champion. Failor, age 36, is from Willow, Alaska where he runs his kennel 17th-Dog. He is originally from Ohio where he grew up with his three brothers – they […]

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Alaska’s population declines in 2018 Migration losses caused a second year of population decline

Alaska’s population decreased by 1,608 people—0.2 percent—from July 2017 to July 2018, based on population estimates released today by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This was the second year of decline for […]

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Point in Time survey and Project Homeless Connect

The Bethel Housing Coalition is organizing a community wide data collection effort for the nationwide Point-in-Time (PIT) Count on January 23rd. The Point-in-Time Count is an annual effort to get a snapshot of homelessness in […]

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2018 #BethelGives Campaign

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff The #BethelGives coalition and Bethel Community Services Foundation are excited to announce that the third #BethelGives campaign raised more than $42,000. The campaign, which ended in December 2018, included […]

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Bethel Family Gives…and Gets…and Gives Back with the 2019 Give + Get Drawing

by BCSF Staff The Iversons have a family tradition of giving a portion of each of their annual PDF checks to YK Delta organizations through the statewide Pick.Click.Give. campaign. Longtime residents of Bethel and active […]

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21 mushers sign up for 2019 K300

As of January 2nd, 2019, the Kuskokwim 300 has 21 mushers officially signed up for the 2019 race! The Kuskokwim 300 race weekend begins on Friday, January 18th, 2019. 2019 K300 Mushers Matthew Failor Joar […]

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Code of Conduct resolution postponed

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel City Council voted to postpone action on Resolution 18-20, the Code of Conduct resolution for members of council during their December 11th, 2018 regular meeting. The issue was postponed to […]

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Visiting 12 Western Communities was one of the Year’s Greatest Blessings

by Senator Dan Sullivan  This past year has brought many blessings. Working closely with so many Alaskans, we’ve had some great legislative successes in Washington, D.C. for rural Alaska—the soul of our state. To name […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Trust Land Office signs agreement with Donlin Gold LLC

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has finalized its first conservation agreement involving Trust land. The Trust Land Office (TLO), which manages the Trust’s one million acres of land, has signed an agreement with Donlin […]